HC Deb 27 July 1982 vol 28 cc439-40W
2. Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the current annual rate of public expenditure in alternative, non-nuclear, energy sources in each of the EEC countries, converted as near as possible to £ sterling at the present rate of exchange.

Mr. Mellor

[pursuant to his oral reply, 26 July 1982, c. 728]: Preliminary figures from the IEA show the following Government expenditure on renewables in 1981:

£ million
Germany 30.4
United Kingdom 15.1
Italy 13.2
Netherlands 7.9
Belgium 4.6
Greece 4.6
Denmark 3.0
Ireland 2.0

Note: The exchange rates used were annual averages for 1981 from the IMF International Financial Statistics.

For France the latest available figure is £72.2 million for 1980 expenditure by Government and public institutions—French National Report to the 1981 United Nations Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy A/CONF.100/NR/7.